STAR✦PAC has developed the following 15 questions for 2016 federal candidates, reposted now so that Iowa Senate and Congressional candidates may focus on them.
While the questions may be posed during events we sponsor, we hope you will take ideas from the list when you meet or write to the candidates yourself. Let us know what you learn by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll publish our findings on this web site.
The questions address our key areas of concern: seeking peace in the Middle East, controlling the military/industrial complex, and providing humane treatment for migrants and an orderly immigration process.
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By Emanuel Pastreich, Foreign Policy in Focus
We attended an event of the Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations, June 16, 2015, at which Senator Jim Webb responded to many questions related to foreign affairs and the military.
STAR✦PAC advocates using active, peaceful initiatives for peace in the Middle East, including Israel and Palestine, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and other countries. We support negotiations and economic incentives and foreign policies that reduce tensions in the region. We oppose most uses of U.S. military action, which often leads to increased hostility, instability and expanding war.
STAR✦PAC also joins others who oppose the distorted influence of corporate money in U.S. politics and governance, especially as it relates to military spending and policy. We advocate reducing military spending, rejecting wasteful weapon systems, and reducing and eliminating aggressive military action. We oppose the huge programs of U.S. weapons sales, especially to unstable regimes.
STAR✦PAC advocates humane treatment for victims of conflict, forced to flee their country of origin. We support immigration reform.
The 2016 campaign should be almost entirely about issues. The parties are far apart on everything from the environment to fiscal policy to health care, and history tells us that what politicians say during a campaign is a good guide to how they will govern.
Nonetheless, many in the news media will try to make the campaign about personalities and character instead. And character isn’t totally irrelevant. The next president will surely encounter issues that aren’t currently on anyone’s agenda, so it matters how he or she is likely to react. But the character trait that will matter most isn’t one the press likes to focus on. In fact, it’s actively discouraged.